Encyclopedia of firearms and ammunition of the XX and XXI centuries

20 years online!

20 years online!

I have held a lifelong interest in firearms. For me, this began at age of about 8, when I got my first illustrated book about guns, written and drawn by ...

SA Vz.58

SA Vz.58

The Samopal vzor 1958 (submachine gun, model of 1958) was the standard assault rifle of the Czechoslovak army from the late 1950s and until the dissolution ...

HK 512

HK 512

Heckler-Koch HK 512 semi-automatic shotgun was produced during 1970s and 1980s by famous German company Heckler und Koch primary for German military and ...

Franchi LAW-12

Franchi LAW-12

Franchi LAW-12 semi-automatic shotgun was designed by Italian gun making company Luigi Franchi Spa during early 1980s as a less expensive and lighter ...

Vapensmia NM149

Vapensmia NM149

The Vapensmia NM149 sniper rifle was adopted by Norvegian army in 1985 and served until about 2013, when it was officially replaced by German-made ...

Dragunov MA

Dragunov MA

The Dragunov MA compact assault rifle is an experimental weapon, developed circa 1979 in Izhevsk by Evgenij Dragunov, who is best known for designing the ...

Bullpup history, part 3

Bullpup history, part 3

By Maxim Popenker The “new age of bullpup rifles” began in late ninety seventies, when two major European militaries officially adopted new 5.56mm assault ...

Bullpup history, part 2

Bullpup history, part 2

By Maxim Popenker     This article is about history of bullpup evolution from the end of WW2 and until early 1970s, stopping just before adoption ...

Bullpup history, part 1

Bullpup history, part 1

By Maxim Popenker Traditionally, bullpup configuration of the weapon means that its trigger and grip for a firing hand are located in front of the breech ...

LWRCI SMG-45

LWRCI SMG-45

The LWRCI SMG-45 submachine gun is produced in USA by LWRC International. It is available in select-fire “military / law enforcement only” version, as well ...

Kalashnikov TR3 / Saiga AK-12

Kalashnikov TR3 / Saiga AK-12

Kalashnikov TR3 semi-automatic carbine, which was originally known as “Saiga AK-12”, is the latest semi-automatic rifle from Kalashnikov group, intended ...

LWRC Six8-UCIW

LWRC Six8-UCIW

The LWRC Six8-UCIW assault rifle was developed by American small arms manufacturer LWRC International. Based on their own M6 family of rifles, which in ...